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July 25, 2016

Dwight Bialowas

Dwight Bialowas was a proud Regina boy who grew up dreaming of playing not only in the National Hockey League, but for the hometown junior heroes with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

Bialowas accomplished both dreams.

The right shooting defenseman with good size and strong outlet passing skills played two seasons with the WHL Pats. Education remained important to him as he had taken some classes at the University of Saskatchewan at the same time.

The Atlanta Flames drafted Bialowas 18th overall in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft. He was selected ahead of notable defenseman like Tom Bladon, Larry Sacharuk, Jim Watson and Jean Hamel.

After spending the first couple of seasons as a pro apprenticing in the minor leagues, Flames' coach Boom Boom Geoffrion gave Bialowas his shot in the 1973-74 season. In the 1974-75 season Geoffrion gave him a full time job, teaming him with fellow youngster Jean Lemieux. Half way through the year, however, he would be traded to Minnesota with Dean Talafous in exchange for Barry Gibbs.

The move turned out to be a good one for Bialowas. He would go on to play in 118 NHL games over the next three seasons and ended up making Minneapolis his home for life. He led all Stars defensemen in scoring in the 1975-76 season with five goals and 23 points.

All told Dwight Bialowas played in 164 NHL games, scoring 11 goals and 57 points.

Bialowas retired in the Minneapolis area and opened up his own electronics shop. He also became a notable high school softball coach.

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